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Blocked borders, fuel pumps running out of gasoline, supermarkets that don't get fresh produce supply ... these are just a few of the consequences of a strike by Spanish and French truckers against high diesel prices. The strike is taking place this week. Currently, diesel prices are around €1.30/liter in Spain and €1.45 in France (that translates to $7.71 U.S. and $8.62 a gallon, respectively. You can see energy prices for all EU country members here). Those prices might be high compared to other countries, but that's not all that's not all the drivers are mad about: diesel prices have jumped up 40 percent in less than a year.

Major cities in Spain such as Valencia, Madrid or Barcelona suffered traffic jams because of demonstrations where trucks were driven at low speeds, making getting around difficult for other vehicles (the picture above shows one of Barcelona's main entry, the C-58 highway). The two main borders between Spain and France, La Jonquera and Irun, were also blocked and demonstrators prevented any truck from crossing. In response, the Spanish government offered an agreement to the Freight Unions. It includes a flexible fare system where transport could reflect fuel prices directly, as well as other measures like subventions for early retirement.


[Source: El País]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I think some of you folks have the right idea . we should boycott. We almost cant afford to go to work. one of us if the prices keep going up will have to take a second job just to pay for gas .
      • 7 Years Ago
      GENTLEMEN, I HAVE A VERY HIGH RESPECT F/ YOU TRUCKERS, BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TRAINS. IT MIGHT HAVE MADE A NEED F/ LESS OF YOU TO BE ON THE ROADS.BAKE IN THE 80'S NO ONE WAS HAPPY W/ 20.00 A BBL OIL. YOU THOUGHT THE PRICE @ $1.25 TO $1.35 WAS A LITTLE HIGH. ALL OF US WORKING IN THE OILFIELD SUFFERED BECAUSE OF THIS.(FOR OVER 20 YRS) THE US GOVERNMENT WAS TOLD THERE WOULD COME A TIME WHEN WE WOULD ALL SUFFER OVER SHUTTING THE OILFIELD DOWN. WELL THAT TIME HAS COME. ( SORRY )TRUCKERS ALWAYS SAY WITHOUT THEM THE WORLD STOPS MOVING, WELL WITHOUT US OILFIELD HANDS GETTING THAT PRECIOUS FUEL F/ YOU OUT OF THE GROUND THATS WHERE THE WORLD STOPS MOVING, IMAGINE IF WE TRIED TO GO ON STRIKE ( HERE COMES THE MILITARY) ALL OF OUR WORLD LEADERS ARE TO BLAME F/ THIS MESS WE SEEM TO BE IN ( GREEDY AS THEY ARE )SO WHY HAVE WE THE PEOPLE LET THE POLITICIANS GET SO OUT OF CONTROL YOUR EPA IN AMERICA HAS DESTROYED THE INFRASRUCTURE OF AMERICA BY SHUTTING DOWN THE STEEL MILLS, GAS REFINERIES, & RAISING THE STANDARDS BY WHICH ALL OTHER FACTORIES HAVE TO OPERATE TO THE EXTENT THAT THEY CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO OPERATE ( DAMN TREE HUGGERS) & DAMN LOBBYIST BRIBING OUR POLITICIANS. GIVE THEM A CHOICE EITHER GET OUT AND GET A REAL JOB OR GET UP AGAINST THE WALL AND WE'LL SHOOT YOU F/ TREASON. YOU AND I BOTH KNOW 90% OF THEM WOULD TELL YOU HELL JUST SHOOT ME. AS F/ THE PRICE OF DIESEL BEING SO HIGH IN THE US YOU CANT BLAME THE OIL COMPANIES F/ MAKING A PROFITE BY SELLING IT ALL TO FORIEGN COUNTRIES NOW CAN YOU. AFTER ALL THATS WHAT ANY BUSINESS IS ABOUT. MAKING A DOLLAR.DO WHAT I DO. PRAY TO GOD, THINGS WILL GET BETTER AND F/ ALL YOU NON-BELIEVERS THER IS A GOD, IF YOU DONT BELIEVE IN HIM AND YOU WERE ONE OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE F/ KICKING HIM OUT OUR SCHOOLS,GOVERNMENT OFFICES, ETC. I WISH YOU WOULD JUST GET THE HELL OUT OF MY COUNTRY, AND I DO MEAN THE HELL.......
      lhte
      • 6 Months Ago
      To appease the tree-huggers when he was elected, President Bush appointed Christy Whitman to head the EPA. What does a governor from New Jersey do? She enacts EPA standards on diesel engines for trucks that went into effect in 2004, more stringent standards in 2007, (and even more stringent standards coming) that reduced the fuel mileage on trucks from 6 mpg to 5, increased the cost of the engine by $5,000 and a lot of maintenance problems. Eliminate those ridiculous standards and we reduce our fuel consumption (and dependence on foreign oil) by 20%. It's a matter of national security until the time when (or IF) Al Gore's Global Warming scam is proven to be true. So far it's not been proven.
      lfunchesc21
      • 6 Months Ago
      I drove a truck back in the late 80's and even then it was difficult at best to operate a rig and make a small profit. Steering tires (only new tires are allowed on front wheels) alone can cost $300 each; there is nothing on a rig that a cheap fix can fix, not if you want to drive safe and survive, some light bulbs were costing me $6.00 each, and those were 1980's process. Add in increase of other costs then pile on the enormous costs of fuel and it is a backbreaker for small independent truckers. Another reaso for their troubles is the rates brokers pay trucks; the lions share of the load money goes to the brokers who arrange the loads; they pay the truck just enough to get by. Independent truckers are their own worst enemies; they are so independent that they will not stick together and bring this country to a complete stop by parking their rigs and sitting it out until the government stops coddling oil companies and commodity speculators who are really the ones friving up the price of oil.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Short of energy? Prices too high? Thank a tree-hugging environmentalist. But if you believe everything they preach you probably can not reach them. They certainly would not consume energy- they are probably riding their bikes to work, reading by candlelight, and certainly would not be consuming energy by using a computer or a phone for communication purposes. Or maybe they are like Gore and preach but don't practice- maybe you can reach them after all. I have tried to reach some of them, but they don't care about facts or the truth, only their agenda.
      • 7 Years Ago
      We have no power except our vote, elected officals controll everything, the only thing they fear is not bring relected. Refuse to vote for incumbants for the next several elections (yes,for years).Maybe sooner or later we would get rid of professional office holders and get representatives that would work to make many of tne problems we have better. Fuel prices are too high because of demand, weakening of the dollar,and demand for higher profits by the controlling stockholders of the oil companies. You can't do anything about that,but if city,county and state politicians start losing their jobs in normally party controlled areas, national representatives will begin to work for the people. Their top priorities would be energy costs, health costs and immigration.
      Ed Myers
      • 7 Years Ago
      About time the truckers went on strike. Come on you truckers in the U. S. A. when are you going to shut down? STRIKE STRIKE That's the only thing they understand.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the best thing america could do is to say no oil no food also everyone should stay home and go anywhere only as need be but the best thing that could happen is the same thing that should have happened in vietnam we should go over there and take care of business and take the oil and come back home instead of our boys losing their lives needlessly i am a vietnam vet and cant get any help from the sorry people i put my life on the line for that hate me because i am american i wonder how many of those people we as americans take care of financially every day i also am a truck driver and i think we should do whatever is needed to get the fuel prices down there is not enough soldiers to replace all of the drivers if all went on strike and there is not enough people that could get in a truck much less drive one to replace all the drivers and also if everyone would stick together they could not fire everybody that drives neither could they get enough people together fast enough to keep the country going please reply. Have a good day
      • 7 Years Ago
      I understand the plight of the trucker, we have one or two in our extended family and the gas prices affect them as well as the rest of us. I think it would be wise for the US as a nation to strike against the high gas prices. I wonder what the outcome would be if we all decided to stay home because we can't afford the high price of fuel any longer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well fuel prices will go up further..."Why" BECAUSE THEY CAN...Have the truckers questioned the NAFTA SUPERHIGH that is coming thru Texas and gong all the way up to Canada. The drivers will be NON- Americans.....There goes ALL the Trucker JOBS here in this great USA.
      Irene
      • 7 Years Ago
      Something has to give somewhere and this is the beginning of it. Our country would not exist without our trucking industry. The trickle down effect affects EVERYTHING
      lgmouth123
      • 6 Months Ago
      Jims Comment "YOU CAN'T WIN" is why we are in the sutuation we are in, basically this whole thing comes down to one class of people in this country, the ones who keep it going, the Middle Class, without them the poor would'nt be getting everything for free, the rich would'nt be makeing millions and all the illegals would still be in their own countries. The blacks, the gays, the moms the Mexicans and the like have all marched their asses on Washingtion for gains, what do the middle class do? they bitch and bitch but do nothing. It's time for middle class America to stand up and be counted or it's time for the state militias to get together and do what our founding fathers would want us to do, remember ACTIONS speak louder than words, you don't get something for nothing in this country unless you are a Politician or fight for it, sacrifice, something so many of you don't know.
      Flounder(fish) is $15.00 a pound fueled by high cost of fuel, I have plenty of fishing rods, be glad to lend you one, Mr & Mrs America get off your lazy asses and make noise.
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